High Moral Character

Dr. John Henry Jowett (1863 – 1923) was an influential British Protestant preacher at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. He was the author of numerous books on Christian living, preaching, and the Bible.

He stated, concerning ministers, “We are tempted to leave our noontide lights behind in our study and to move among men with a dark lantern which we can manipulate to suit our company. We pay tribute of smiles to the low business standard. We pay tribute of laughter to the fashionable jest. We pay the tribute of easy tolerance to ambiguous pleasures. We soften everything to a comfortable acquiescence.

We seek to be all things to all men to please all. We run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. We become the victims of illicit compromise. There is nothing distinctive about our character.”1

Paul told Titus that a minister is to be “a lover of what is good” (Titus 1:8).

“It denotes high moral character.”2

The minister is to be a lover of holy living.

“Whatever call a man may pretend to have, if he has not been called to holiness, he certainly has not been called to the ministry” (Charles Spurgeon).3

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  1. The Best of Vance Havner, Vance Havner, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, N J, Copyright 1937, pp. 87 – 88
  2. Word Meaning in the New Testament, Ralph Earle, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 3473, Peabody, MA, 01961-3473, Copyright 1974, p. 413.
  3. http://theresoundingdeclaration.blogspot.com./2009/08/have-we-cheapened-grace-part-i.html